Category Archives: Dining Etiquette

Here’s to Family – extend your reach


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Tea Etiquette – the short version


At a tea, or at a luncheon or small party, do not insist on leading the conversation for the whole table.  Broadcasting your ideas is not wise or good form.  On the other hand, do not sit in silence, replying … Continue reading

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How to eat certain foods


How to eat certain foods – Avocados: If an avocado is served in its shell, it is eaten with a spoon.  If it is served in slices, it is eaten with a knife and fork. Caviar:  Caviar is meant to … Continue reading

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The term "high tea" is often misused


The term “high tea” is often misused by those who like to gild afternoon tea to make it seem exclusive and refined.Consequently, both consumers and dispensers of tea often mistakenly tack the word “high” onto what should be simply called … Continue reading

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The Don’ts of Tea Etiquette – Business and Social


✿ Don’t place items on the table. This protocol extends to keys, hats, gloves, eyeglasses, eyeglass cases, anything that is not part of the meal. ✿ Don’t overload the fork when eating the foods served at tea. ✿ Don’t chew … Continue reading

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Restaurants – Picking a Good One


Peter Meehan, the New York Times “$25 and Under” Food Critic, shares his secrets for finding great authentic local fare.1. Talk to a local – A local’s opinion about which fish shack is best is almost always a sure bet. … Continue reading

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Bread and Butter


Your bread or dinner roll should be put on your bread and butter plate which is always to your left, either above your fork or to the left of your forks! You should break your roll with your hands, one … Continue reading

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Dinner at Home – entertaining friends


As a Guest you may have the run of the house, but do not assume that you do.  Always ask permission to visit an upstairs bathroom, for example, if the downstairs bathrooms are occupied. If you are given permission to … Continue reading

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The Don’ts – Dining Skills


Don’t smack your lips Don’t chew with your mouth open Don’t touch your face or head at the table Don’t drink from the saucer Don’t mop the face with the napkin Don’t twist your feet around the legs of the … Continue reading

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Basket of rolls – Dining Etiquette tip of the day


If rolls are being passed, remember to take the basket of rolls in your right hand from the person to your left, take a roll, then change the basket to your left hand and pass it to the person on … Continue reading

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